NYC Becomes Target Of Winter Storm, Forecasters Say—Here’s When It Could Hit
A nor’easter winter storm that was originally only supposed to bring rain and light snow to New York City has shifted south, with forecasters now expecting up to eight inches of heavy snow and winds to impact travel for millions of people in the tri-state area.
All five boroughs of New York City were placed under a winter storm watch on Monday, as forecasters at the National Weather Service are now expecting rain from the oncoming storm to turn into snow sometime on Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The NWS is now warning of possible “heavy snow” in the city, Long Island and parts of northeastern New Jersey, with up to five to eight inches of snowfall and wind gusts reaching over 40 miles per hour. NYC Emergency Management has placed the city under a travel advisory for most of Tuesday, and the city has activated a weather emergency management plan, the Mayor’s Office confirmed on Monday. Other parts of the tri-state area are expecting even more snow: Westchester County and the Connecticut coastline could see up to one foot of snow, while Middletown, New York, and Waterbury, Connecticut. are looking at anywhere between one foot and 18 inches, according to the NWS’s most recent estimates. Boston and most of Massachusetts have also been placed under a winter storm warning, with heavy snowfall expected from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will likely accumulate seven to 13 inches over the course of the day.
Forecasters have been warning that a nor’easter will strike the Northeast on Monday, but the storm was expected to mostly miss New York City. The storm comes only days after the Northeast saw unseasonably warm weather of a “false spring” over the weekend, with temperatures rising to 60 degrees in some places. These unseasonable temperatures tied a record for warm temperatures in February, the New York Daily News, reported citing AccuWeather data. The warm weather extended across the region, with Syracuse, New York, breaking a 99-year-old record after it recorded a high temperature of 62 degrees, Syracuse.com reported.